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Annie Franklin: The Arrival

Annie Franklin, The Arrival

The artist

From her own website, Annie Franklin has worked as a professional artist since completing her study in fine art and printmaking in 1986.

During this time Annie has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in numerous public and private collections , including the National  Gallery of Australian and the Australian Embassy in Paris.

In the early 1990s Annie spent 4 years living and working with Tiwi artists at the Munupi Art Centre on Melville Island. 'The delight in storytelling, connection with the land, observing daily rhythms that are punctuated by the changes in nature, the celebration of food; these elements had a resounding influence on my life and on my work they continue to be the focus of my art practice today.'

Annie has been described as 'an obsessive printmaker, a miniaturist who thrives on precise detail observed with the 'innocent eye' of a  naif painter....'

The Arrival by Annie Franklin

The work of art,

Created in 1989, The Arrival was made using a screen-print technique using multiple coloured stencils. The image represents the impact of  European settlement upon the native land. The ship not only brings all the trappings of the modern western world but pests and major changes to the native environment such as sheep. The ship is also pictured as a bull-dozer, poised to sweep away all the native lands before it.  What may seem as a statement on the impact of settlement, it was created just after the nation marked its  bicentennial  anniversary of European settlement. It shows how important art is as a vessel for social comment.